Chinese Mahjong originated in ancient times with many myths surrounding its invention. One of the funniest myths is that the Chinese philosopher Confucius created the game and then spread it to all the towns he traveled to. Others find the origin in the Chinese card game called Madiao. However and whenever it came Mahjong is one of the most popular games in the world.
Chinese mahjong is played with four players at a table, unlike the Korean and Japanese versions of the game, which only allow three players. The Chinese learning games also differs from the way it is played in the United States or from how it is played online, which is usually a lonely quest. Real Chinese Mahjong is more like rummy, where one collects sets of tiles.
The plastic tokens with which the game is played have three different suits, just like the suits of cards. The suits are point tokens, bamboo tokens, and character tokens. All suits are numbered from one to nine and contain four copies of each number. In addition to the mosaics in the suite, there are also special mosaics called wind and dragon mosaics, again four copies of each of these mosaics are contained in the set.
When the game starts, each player receives 13 tokens. At the beginning of their turn, they draw a new token and discard one at the end. The object of the game is to be the first to match all your tiles and exit the game. To declare Mahjong you must match 14 tiles with four sets of three and a pair.
When the game opens, all the tiles are placed in a way that resembles the great wall of China, all stacked in the middle of the table. The dice are then rolled to select who goes first and where the wall is broken. As you go along, you will need to know the house rules for discarding tiles that differ from person to person. Whenever the tiles are discarded they are considered dead and no one can use them, with the exception of the player to your right who takes that tile to complete a series which is called a “chow” or if someone can complete a triplet which is called a “stink “. In the case of a “pong” anyone can take that token.